Wealthy Vietnamese assemblywoman dismissed

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The National Assembly has dismissed Dang Thi Hoang Yen, one of the country's richest women, for an untruthful biography she submitted to last year's election organizers.

The dismissal was based on a vote on Saturday with 457 of 500 NA deputies, or 91.4 percent, agreeing to the dismissal of the Mekong Delta representative from Long An province.

Nguyen Hanh Phuc from the National Assembly office told a recent press conference that the legislature's Standing Committee found that Yen had not mentioned her Party membership in her biography that was passed out to voters before election day.

He said there were also questions regarding her marriage to a fugitive overseas Vietnamese businessman currently wanted by Vietnamese police on swindling charges.

Early this month, Yen decided to resign, saying that she was "too tired" and suffering "too much pressure from the public" after suspicions around her biography arose.

Phuc said the assembly rejected Yen's withdrawal because a member is only allowed to resign for health reasons.

Yen said she did not mean to be dishonest in her biography.

She said she had not participated in any Party activities for three years and assumed that this meant her Party membership had lapsed.

She said the Long An Department of the Interior did not issue clear instructions on writing the biography.

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Yen is the founder and chair of the industrial park developer Tan Tao Group. She has been one of Vietnam's ten richest women since 2008, including a second place in 2010 and 2011.

She is the third assembly member to be dismissed in the history of the parliament.

The first such case was Le Minh Hoang, former director of the Ho Chi Minh City Electricity Company, who was booted out for wrongdoings in the import of electronic electricity meters.

The other case was Mac Kim Ton, former director of Thai Binh Department of Education and Training, who was axed for abuse of power.

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